Monday, December 13, 2010

If Only Joseph Cornell Had Lived This Long - by Denver Butson

if only Joseph Cornell had lived this long

he would have been able to fall in love

with Christina Ricci

in Buffalo 66

and he would have fallen in love with her

and made a box

or dozens of boxes for her

perhaps collaging images

someone had printed for him

off the internet

if he had only lived this long

and he would have ridden the bus

and thought he had seen her

on every street corner

talking on every cell phone

to someone he could only hope

was not Vincent Gallo

but better yet

the ghost of Cary Grant

whose character in North by Northwest

Vincent Gallo’s character

in Arizona Dream imitates

running away from an airplane

if only Joseph Cornell had lived this long

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